Drawing With Color 2.1

Further studies of color theory that integrate practical exercises with studies from observation…continue for 8 more lessons. We’ll begin with studies of feathers. A little quick study of mine:


We’re beginning 2.1 with a study using a complementary harmony: a dyad using ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. Furthermore, we’re exploring elements of life that exhibit these combinations that occur naturally in parrot feathers – blue and orange.

Here are some notes:


We practice color saturation and optical blending by first drawing a 25 part value scale. More on dyad scales in Drawing With Color 1. Scales show different values of color depending on how much is blended or layered together. Color scales, like practicing musical scales, help the practitioner to better understand physically the nuances of value. Let’s look closer at the feathers.


Beautiful, aren’t they? We’ve placed them on white paper to better see contrast and the delicately cast shadows. Students are also asked to use an above point of view so that there is no deep distance to consider, and place cooler temperatures above and warmer temperatures below the feathers to accommodate receding and advancing space.


Nancy working on her drawing (above) and Connie’s (below).


Finally, Wendy’s:


I like the work! Also, composing with an odd number of feathers creates a more dynamic arrangement.

Some homework assignments using a different dyad and multiple still life objects:

From Wendy:



and Connie:


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